May 2010

5 Steps to Greater Profitability ... Starting at the Bottom

I've always been an advocate of treating all employees well and now the research is in that supports my contention.

Profit at the Bottom of the Ladder  found that there is a link – unexpected by the researchers – between improved conditions for bottom-rung employees and profit. They expected to find that companies could provide good benefits to low-level employees and still be profitable. But they found much more. They found that well-treated low-level employees increased company profits.

Charter Schools Present Conundrum: Expansion vs Regulation

Would that everything were easy! But it's not.

How do you ensure that a public-private partnership serves the interests of the public while still reaping the benefits of innovation and flexibility that non-governmental organizations can bring to bear on problems?

Calling All Would-be Entrepreneurs: Do Your Homework If You Want to Pass the Test

The economy is beginning to recover, the Obama administration has proposed $30 billion fund for loans to small businesses: Is this the time to start your own business?

Better Bottom Lines Need Long-Term Planning

What would the world be like if every business took into account its effect on all its stakeholders: shareholders, of course, but employees, customers, communities, and suppliers as well?

What Donors, Grant-Writers Can Learn From Competition Reviewers

While being asked to judge anything implies some level of expertise, it's a learning experience for the judge as well. For me, serving as an expert reviewer reminded me what to look for in a grantmaker and how to write a grant proposal.

Millennials Will Force Businesses, Nonprofits to Change Culture… for the Good

Time flies! The leading edge of GenX is entering its mid-life crisis period. The new kids on the block are the Millennials/GenYers, born between 1981 and 1996 into a world transfigured by a new kind of connectedness and technology.

Cause Marketing Run Amok or Smart Move By Nonprofit?

The nonprofit world and the branding blogosphere have been running pink these days as bloggers and commentators dispute the wisdom of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure partnering with KFC to raise money for breast cancer research.

Distinguish Yourself From The Competition: Be Nice!

It's always gratifying when principles you've espoused for years are echoed by other, successful business people. As you know, I'm an advocate of treating your employees and your customers well. (Check out my eBook for more about that.)